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New curator at the Harvard Art Museums discusses the role

September 14, 2021

Museums have long been a place of passion, community, and connection for Horace D. Ballard, the newly appointed Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Associate Curator of American Art at the Harvard Art Museums, who took over his new role on Sept. 1. They have also been an important constant in his life. Ballard, who began frequenting museums as a child and started working in them as a teenager, got a B.A. in English literature and American studies from the University of Virginia in 2006, an M.A.R. in religion and visual culture from the Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School in 2010, and...

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Harvard faculty and staff remember 9/11

Harvard faculty and staff remember 9/11

September 8, 2021

One was at the World Trade Center. Another was a few blocks from the White House and lived near the Pentagon. A third was on the West Coast, where it was early in the morning. Still another was in the South. Others were on campus. The Gazette asked some Harvard affiliates from across the University where they were when the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks took place, and how they think about that day two decades later.


Annette Gordon-Reed
Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Harvard University

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President Bacow reflects on pandemic’s impact, the year ahead

September 2, 2021

Harvard is welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus this month, a year and a half after the coronavirus upended life at the University and around the world. In a Zoom interview with the Gazette, President Larry Bacow reflected on leading Harvard while working remotely and the lessons learned from the pandemic. He also discussed the University’s responses to immigration policy and climate change, and shared priorities for the year ahead. The interview was edited for clarity and length.

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President Bacow offers moment of reflection at Morning Prayers

President Bacow offers moment of reflection at Morning Prayers

September 1, 2021

Morning Prayers took on a special resonance Wednesday as members of the Harvard community joined together for a brief service of reflection and song in Memorial Church for the first time in 18 months.

The signs of change necessitated by the pandemic and the precautions Harvard is taking to ensure the safety of all those returning to campus were everywhere. The ceremony, which typically takes place in the smaller Appleton Chapel, was held instead in the main body of the church, enabling attendees to socially distance. Red ropes cordoned off every other row of pews, and visitors were asked...

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The iconic John Harvard Statue gets a refresh

The iconic John Harvard Statue gets a refresh

September 1, 2021

It goes without saying that regular maintenance is key to the good looks of the Old Yard’s most popular resident who is nearing 140 and has endured much at the hands of visitors and vandals.

The iconic John Harvard Statue, modeled after a student from the 19th century (not the 17th-century English minister and generous College benefactor, John Harvard), receives occasional washings by Harvard’s Landscape Services team, but last month he had a kind of statuary spa treatment.

For several days in July and August, a team specializing in the restoration of public monuments carefully ...

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Equity, inclusion, and belonging in the arts

September 1, 2021

As an associate director for the Public Theater in New York City, Emily Knapp ’03 views herself as a doula, but one who, rather than helping mothers during childbirth, facilitates the delivery of artwork. And Knapp believes that an important part of that job for white allies like her who work in the equity, inclusion, and belonging space is being willing to learn at all times.

“For me, it’s really important to think of my role as being in support of their artistry as opposed to their artistry is doing something for me,” Knapp said at a panel hosted by the Office of the Arts and First-...

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Harvard Convocation welcomes Classes 2024 and 2025

Harvard Convocation welcomes Classes 2024 and 2025

August 31, 2021

Calling on students to savor the moment and exult in being together in physical community, President Larry Bacow officiated a double Convocation, one for the Class of 2024 and another for the Class of 2025, Tuesday at Tercentenary Theatre.

“Spend some time during these first few weeks noticing and marking those aspects of community that you missed last year — the everyday exchanges and experiences that narrow gaps in understanding and make friends of strangers,”  Bacow said to the Class of 2024 in the morning celebration.

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Harvard first-years arrive on campus

Harvard first-years arrive on campus

August 27, 2021

Valeria Barriobero looked happy, a little harried, maybe a little nervous as she moved her things across the Yard to her new home in Thayer Hall on Friday.

“Just walking around the campus already, you see so many different people who come from so many different places,” said the 18-year-old Miami native, who was getting help with her stuff from her parents and boyfriend. “I’m just so excited to be able to interact with them and learn from all of the experience that they have.”

Barriobero was part of the third and final group of first-years to move into their dorms, a process that...

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Sophomores, juniors, and seniors find their way on Move-in Day

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors find their way on Move-in Day

August 20, 2021

The first sophomores, juniors, and seniors moved into Harvard’s Houses on Friday, a welcome return to the familiar and the newly different. Some students who had taken a leave for a semester or two arrived with a change of graduation year; others who had learned virtually last year were overjoyed to see new friends in person. All were excited to be back among their peers and College routines.

“I’m Class of ’23, but social Class of ’22,” said Luke Williams, now a junior after taking the last year off to work in government in Oklahoma, his home state.

“I had finally solidified a...

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Disney Co. chief medical officer offers return-to-work strategies

Disney Co. chief medical officer offers return-to-work strategies

August 19, 2021

The array of interconnected forces and relentless uncertainty unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic has profoundly tested people’s physical and mental health over the last 19 months.

Now, as many Americans who adapted to remote work begin returning to pre-pandemic workplaces, the expected anxieties over what lies ahead are running headlong into the delta variant surge, reigniting panic about being indoors and in close contact with others. The U.S. recorded more than 911,000 new COVID-19 cases for the week ending Aug. 15, according to Washington Post tracking data, a caseload is as high...

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